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AAPC Denounces Claimed AI-Generated Robocall Incident

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February 27, 2024

 

AAPC Denounces Claimed AI-Generated Robocall Incident

 

 

McLean, VA – In light of the recent revelation involving a political operative’s commissioning of an allegedly deceptive AI-generated robocall impersonating President Joe Biden, we feel compelled to express our profound concern and condemnation if these facts are verified. This alleged act, leveraging artificial intelligence to fabricate a misleading communication for political gain, stands in stark opposition to the principles of honesty and integrity that are fundamental to our democratic process. The claims involved in this incident blatantly contravene the dedication to integrity that the AAPC upholds, posing a significant threat to the trust inherent in our democratic electoral processes.In a solid stance against such deceptive practices, the AAPC aligns with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent declaratory ruling against robocalls made with synthetic AI-generated voices. This alignment underscores our unwavering commitment to promoting ethical conduct within political consulting and campaigning. The AAPC and FCC’s shared perspective highlights the critical importance of maintaining honesty and transparency in political communication, ensuring the electoral process remains untainted by the misleading use of technology.

We call upon all members of the political consulting community to rigorously adhere to the AAPC’s Professional Code of Ethics and stance against the use of deceptive AI in political campaigns, reinforcing our collective responsibility to foster a political environment characterized by truthfulness and respect for the electorate.

 

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About AAPC

Founded in 1969, the AAPC is a multi-partisan organization of political and public affairs professionals dedicated to advancing the field of political consulting and promoting ethical practices within the industry. We are committed to fostering a political landscape driven by integrity and transparency. AAPC members are required to adhere to its Professional Code of Ethics. The AAPC has over 1,800 members hailing from all corners of the globe. It is the largest association of political and public affairs professionals in the world. For more information about the AAPC and our Code of Ethics please visit www.theaapc.org.

 

Contact:
Alana Joyce
Executive Director
+1 703-245-8021
[email protected]

AAPC Supports FCC’s Historic Ruling Against AI-Generated Voice Robocalls

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February 13, 2024

 

AAPC Supports FCC’s Historic Ruling Against AI-Generated Voice Robocalls

 

McLean, VA – The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC), the nation’s premier organization for political consulting professionals, expresses its strong support for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent declaratory ruling against robocalls made with synthetic AI-generated voices. This important clarification underscores the FCC’s commitment to protecting consumers and upholding the integrity of communication within our democracy.
The FCC’s ruling, which identifies AI-generated voice calls as “artificial” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), aligns with the AAPC’s Code of Ethics, which emphasizes honesty, integrity, and respect for the democratic process. The AAPC believes that this decision is a significant step forward in combating the misleading use of technology in political communication and ensures that political consulting practices remain respectful and lawful.
“The AAPC stands firmly against any practice that undermines the public’s trust in the political process,” said Larry Huynh, President, AAPC. “The FCC’s ruling against AI-generated voice robocalls is a victory for integrity in political communications. It reflects our Code of Ethics’ core values by ensuring that political outreach does not mislead the electorate.”
The AAPC commends the FCC for providing state attorneys general with new tools to pursue entities behind potentially misleading robocalls. This ruling not only protects consumers from potentially misleading communications but also supports the AAPC’s ongoing efforts to promote ethical standards within the political consulting industry.
“We encourage all political consultants to review their practices in light of this ruling and to continue striving for the highest ethical standards in all their communications,” added Kyle Roberts, Vice President, AAPC. “Together, we can maintain the trust and respect within the consulting community.”

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About AAPC

Founded in 1969, the AAPC is a multi-partisan organization of political and public affairs professionals dedicated to advancing the field of political consulting and promoting ethical practices within the industry. We are committed to fostering a political landscape driven by integrity and transparency. AAPC members are required to adhere to its Professional Code of Ethics. The AAPC has over 1,800 members hailing from all corners of the globe. It is the largest association of political and public affairs professionals in the world. For more information about the AAPC and our Code of Ethics please visit www.theaapc.org.

 

Contact:
Alana Joyce
Executive Director
+1 703-245-8021
[email protected]

AAPC Foundation 2024 Summer Internship Program

The AAPC Foundation’s Internship Program provides rising seniors and recent college graduates interested in entering the field of politics an opportunity to gain professional work experience with AAPC member firms that are leaders in the fields of political consulting and public affairs.

The 2024 Summer paid internship program will be held from June 3, 2024 to August 5, 2024. Summer interns will work full-time only, no more than 40 hours per week, for a total stipend of $6,000 provided by the AAPC Foundation.

View the AAPC Internship Program page to learn more about our available positions!

AAPC is Growing!

Join our growing, fiercely talented team and advance your career in non-profit Association management and the exciting, fast-paced field of politics. Together, we can drive positive change and elevate the standards and influence of the political consulting industry.

View the AAPC Careers page to learn more about our available positions!

AAPC Applauds U.S. House of Representatives for Upholding Ethics in Expulsion of George Santos

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December 1, 2023

 

American Association of Political Consultants Applauds U.S. House of Representatives for Upholding Ethics in Expulsion of George Santos

 

McLean, VA – The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) commends the United States House of Representatives for their decisive action in expelling Representative George Santos. This move, marked by bipartisan support, underscores the commitment of our nation’s lawmakers to uphold the highest standards of integrity and accountability in public service.

“The expulsion of George Santos from Congress is a significant step in reaffirming the core values of our political system,” said Larry Huynh, President of the AAPC. “Ethics and honesty are paramount in public office, and the AAPC stands firmly behind actions that reinforce these principles.”

Santos, whose tenure in Congress has been marred by controversy and allegations of falsehoods, was expelled following a thorough investigation by the House Ethics Committee. This decision serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of truthfulness and ethical conduct in the political arena.

“As political consultants, we strive to enhance the democratic process by promoting transparency and integrity among consultants and elected officials,” added Kyle Roberts, Vice President of AAPC. “Congress’s action in this matter aligns with our mission to foster an environment where truth and accountability are non-negotiable.”

The AAPC believes that the expulsion of Santos will serve as a deterrent to future misconduct and reinforce the public’s trust in their elected representatives. We remain committed to supporting measures that strengthen the ethical framework of our political system and ensure that those in public office adhere to the highest standards of conduct.

 

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About AAPC

Founded in 1969, the AAPC is a multi-partisan organization of political and public affairs professionals dedicated to improving democracy. The AAPC has more than 1,600 members hailing from all corners of the globe. The Board of Directors is comprised of thirty-two members, evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. It is the largest association of political and public affairs professionals in the world. The AAPC Foundation supports efforts to protect free speech, defend democracy, and prepare the next generation of political consultants to thrive. For more information, see www.theaapc.org.

 

Contact:
Alana Joyce
Executive Director
+1 703-245-8021
[email protected]

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API Voters: The Rising Political Force – Insights from Bill Wong

Bill Wong is an award winning political consultant with over 30 years of experience working for state legislators, candidates, political action committees, labor organizations, non-profit organizations, and large scale employers.

By: Bill Wong, Bill Wong LLC

An often misunderstood and overlooked voting bloc, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, includes East Asians, Southeast Asians, South Asians, Central Asians, and the indigenous peoples of islands in the Pacific Ocean and far northern coasts of the Arctic Sea.  This community has become the margin of victory in the last two cycles in some of the most hard-fought campaigns in the nation. Nowhere is the API community more diverse and numerically significant than in California.  California has the highest API population, with nearly 7 million Asian Americans.  The state second to California – New York – has only 1.8 million Asian Americans.  Both will be home to battleground races in 2024 that could decide control of the United States Congress.

 

In California, 2.3 million of the APIs are registered voters.  Immediately prior to election day in 2022, API voters had the highest turnout of all major ethnic groups at 24%, beating African American and Latino voters that came in at 21% and 13% respectively. Gone are the days that API voters can be ignored. There’s a passage in my book describing a presentation by John Podesta for Hillary 2016 that I walked out of because they had polling slides for every ethnic group except APIs.  I think that day was an omen to what happens to campaigns that ignore the emergent political power and impact of API voters.

 

Thankfully, AAPC recognizes this changing dynamic as well and has assembled a tremendous line up of Asian American voices today, including: Alex De Ocampo, Cal & D Strategies; Ron Wong, CEO of Imprenta Communications; Catherine Lew, Founder of Lew Edwards Group; Christine Mai Duc, Wall Street Journal; and, Larry Huynh, Founder of Trilogy Interactive and President of AAPC. While most of them are here to talk about general topics and not specifically about API voters, they intrinsically have unique and unparalleled insights into reaching API voters and you should consider reaching out to them.

 

I want to specifically single out Larry’s contribution to the craft and profession of political campaign consulting.  Larry is a nationally recognized digital strategist and his work has earned dozens of awards across multiple online disciplines and he is a frequent presenter and trainer at conferences. Larry is also a trailblazer for the API community and the first person of color and first openly LGBTQ+ person to serve as president of the AAPC. He has supported the API candidates and served on API community non-profit boards.  His advice and leadership have been essential in the growth of API political and civic power. More importantly, Larry is the envy of APIs everywhere because he graduated from Harvard and still found a way to pursue a successful and fulfilling career without having to become a doctor or a lawyer.

 

As an API consultant attending numerous conferences like the ones AAPC puts on, I can’t tell you how important and impactful it was for me to see Larry’s name and face on the agenda alongside some of the greatest consultants in our business. It made me proud to be an Asian American and it inspired me to stick with this profession through difficult times and to work harder at mastering the craft.